Leaked documents outlining plans to close Witham’s dump have sparked outcry.

In total, 13 Essex recycling centres have been earmarked for closure, including Witham’s, according to an insider.

Witham residents would instead be asked to use centres in either Braintree, Colchester or Chelmsford.

Maldon Road resident Bob Ward, 67, who led a campaign to safeguard Witham’s dump in 2011, said: “There’s a real demand for the recycling centre in Witham and this will cause a real furore in town.

“People will be furious.”